Jenny

He counts her words to others as
jewels from his small hoard,
not realizing he threads
through her open heart
as a vine.

Nothing separates them but his fear.


The Jenny is a poetic form invented by John Newmark, in which the seven lines have a syllable count of 8675309. ๐Ÿ™‚

At about 2 p.m. CST this poem will be linked to the dVerse Open Link Night.

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11 thoughts on “Jenny

  1. oh “not realizing he threads
    through her open heart
    as a vine.” – nice! I’ve not come across that form below – and didn’t even notice the syllable count, which I believe is the best way to write form poems! nicely done!

  2. I haven’t heard before of this form; thank you for introducing it. To be evocative using so few words is not easy. The vine threading through the heart is a vivid image of entanglement.

  3. hehe…that’s a great play on the song. I love the simplicity of the poem as it touches on the struggle within the man and I agree on the strength of ‘he threads through her open heart as a vine’…very nice.

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